Amahl and the Night Visitors (Dec. 24, 1951)
Audio/Visual sound, color
Christmas Eve will be marked appropriately on television with all regular programs making some provision, and a number of special programs also planned. Among the special ones are two on WNBW. The first of these (9:30 p. m.) is Gian Carlo Menotti's opera, "Amahl and the Night Visitors," an hour-long production written especially for this television performance. This is the story of a lame boy who meets the Three Wise Men on their way to Bethlehem. Menotti wrote both libretto and score and will also stage the work. WNBW's second special production (11 p. m.) is an hour-long reading of Christmas stories by Charles Laughton. (The Washington Post, Dec. 23, 1951)
December 11, 2013
Not bad, if dated
Just finished watching this. Although some aspects of it are quite dated/awkward and one bit is cringe worthy, I nevertheless found it to be quite enjoyable.
There were various other productions of this for TV. It would be interesting to compare this with those other versions.
In this copy, the opera presentation itself is intact (including credits), but the following segment of a choir singing ends rather abruptly. There is a barely visible TVdays watermark, but it can be easily ignored.
Regardless of its faults it is worth seeing.